OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has won the Conservative Political Action Conference’s annual presidential preference straw poll.
Pollsters announced Saturday that Paul won 26 percent of the votes in the annual survey, giving Paul his third consecutive win in as many years.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker came in second, with 21 percent. Sen. Ted Cruz came in third in the contest with 11.5 percent, followed by retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson with 11.4 percent and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush with 8.3 percent. All of the other names listed received under 5 percent.
The three-day CPAC conference in suburban Washington draws many libertarian-leaning college students whose views and priorities differ significantly from the Republican Party at large. But it is nonetheless seen as a barometer of certain conservative activists’ early leanings.
The results are nonbinding and reflect only the views of the registrants who chose to vote during the conference.
Pollsters said just over 3,000 attendees voted. Nearly half identified as between the ages of 18 and 25.
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